Easton had his surgery back at the beginning of August and then he got to keep those knee high casts on for 8 weeks! I do have to hand it to him though, they did not slow him down. By the time we got them off at the end of September he had figured out how to ride his bike in them. We went camping and he was running all over the campground. Which would explain why the inside of his casts were so nasty! He walked and ran and everything else little boys do so much he actually worse a whole through his casts. That kid… I love him…For some reason I thought that when he got his casts off everything would be dandy. But like so many things in life I learned I was wrong. I think that the recovery after the cast removal was worse than the recovery after the surgery. Since he had been in cast for almost 4 months he could not walk. His ankles had been supported by the cast and had become week.
It was so frustrating for him that he wasn’t able to just walk. In fact he was crawling everywhere. There were so many days when he would come to my classroom in tears. (I work at his school.) It broke my hurt. How unfair this whole experience was for him. But I learned something from this whole thing. My son is amazing. And he is a fighter. He never stopped being him. He never gave up. He figured out a way to do whatever it was he wanted to do. His sheer determination was so amazing to me. I also learned just how much my kids love each other. Sometimes I wonder… But the willingness my kids showed to help Easton was great. I love my family. Our first big hurtle we hit when he got his casts off was that we had no shoes. He couldn’t wear flip flops because his ankles were so weak and all his other shoes didn’t fit him. I stopped at Ross and picked something up to help me. But they just were not working. So I decided to go somewhere where they would be experts in helping me find the best shoes to help my son.
This right here is one of the main reasons that I love to shop local. The ladies at the New Balance store in Union Park were amazing. They measured Eastons foot and listened to all my concerns for his feet. They pulled out 3 pairs for him that would be the best for his feet. Kids that are born with club feet have a wider foot. Do you know how hard it is to find a children’s wide size shoe?? It is really hard! New Balance has them in almost every style so Easton was not limited in the shoes he could pick from. He was in heaven. He narrowed it down to 2 and walked around the store with one of each pair on a foot. He loved that he was wearing 2 different shoes. The associates took so much time to help us get the shoe we needed. I loved that they talked with him and not just me, to find out what he also wanted in a shoe. I love shopping local and supporting small businesses. The service you get from local shops is always so much more personal than box stores.I love the shoes he picked. They cradle his foot which helps keep it straight. They fit his foot perfect and support his ankle. Since we got these shoes he has complained a lot less about his feet hurting and he started walking million times better. I love this spunky, happy, goofy boy of mine!
I received these shoes in order to give an honest review.